HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US. I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
OUR TOP STORY AT SIX... A WITNESS GIVES DETAILS OF A WEEKEND SHOOTING... THAT LEFT THREE TEENS WOUNDED.
ONE OF THE TEENS REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION.
AMY AUBERT JOINS US NOW WITH INFORMATION FROM THE TEEN'S GUARDIAN... AS WELL AS FROM A MAN WHO SAYS HE SAW THE VICTIM HIT FIRST BY A BULLET AND THEN BY CAR.
FRANK... THE WITNESS... MARCUS PITTS... SAYS HE WAS A FEW FEET AWAY WHEN THE 16-YEAR-OLD WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD.
HE SAW THE TEEN FALL TO THE GROUND...JUST BEFORE A DODGE MAGNUM BACKED OVER HIM.
HE DOESN'T THINK THE CAR WAS INVOLVED IN THE SHOOTING... JUST KIDS WHO PANICKED AND TRIED TO LEAVE.
HE SAYS HE RAN TO THE TEEN... TRYING TO KEEP HIM AWAKE DURING THE 30 MINUTES HE SAYS IT TOOK THE AMBULANCE TO ARRIVE.
PITTS SAYS HE DIDN'T SEE THE SHOOTER... BUT HEARD 3 TO 4 SHOTS FIRED... HE ALSO SAYS IT WAS TOO DIFFICULT TO NOTICE ANYONE FLEEING THE SCENE... BECAUSE IT SO CROWDED.
POLICE SPOKESOWMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS IT STARTED AROUND 11-30 SATURDAY NIGHT WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED TO A SHOPPING CENTER ON EISENHOWER PARKWAY AND FOUND TWO VICTIMS LYING ON THE PAVEMENT.
THE STRIP MALL HOUSES A FLEA MARKET AND A BALLROOM.
GAUDET SAYS SEPARATE PARTIES WERE GOING ON.
SHE SAYS A FIGHT BROKE OUT AT ONE PARTY AS A LARGE GROUP WAS LEAVING.
POLICE HAVE NOT RELEASED THE NAME OF THE 16-YEAR-OLD VICTIM..... BUT HE REMAINS AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
19-YEAR-OLD KY-ROD BUTTS... WAS SHOT IN THE SIDE AND IN THE LEG.
AND 18-YEAR-OLD DEVIN WILLIAMS WAS SHOT IN THE ANKLE.
I ALSO SPOKE TO SONYA FOUNTAIN...WHO SAID SHE IS THE 16-YEAR-OLD'S GUARDIAN. SHE TOLD US THE ARGUMENT STARTED ON FACEBOOK.
SHE SAYS SATURDAY... SOMEONE POSTED THAT THEY WERE QUOTE GOING TO DO SOMETHING.
SHE ALSO FILED A POLICE REPORT TODAY...SAYING THAT A MAN TRIED TO FORCE HIS WAY INTO HER HOME AROUND 4-45 THIS MORNING.
SHE SAID IT WAS TOO DARK TO TELL WHO IT WAS...BUT SHE HEARD ONE MAN SAY...JUST SHOOT HER.
MACON POLICE DIDN'T RETURN OUR PHONE CALLS ABOUT THAT REPORT.
AMY ALSO SPOKE TO THE OWNER OF ALEXANDER BALLROOM... WHO SAYS THIS IS THE FIRST SHOOTING THEY'VE HAD.
SHE SAYS IT WAS A PRIVATE TEEN BIRTHDAY PARTY... AND NO ALCOHOL WAS INVOLVED.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE CASE...YOU CAN CALL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME.
AGAIN, THAT'S 1-877-68-CRIME.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... DO YOU MONITOR YOUR TEEN'S FACEBOOK PAGE.
SO FAR 57 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
43 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
TOMORROW - MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT WILL TALK ABOUT HIS PLANS FOR FIGHTING VIOLENCE IN THE CITY.
MAYORAL SPOKESMAN CLAY MURPHEY SAYS MR. REICHERT IS SCHEDULED TO SPEAK AT 2 P-M AT MACON CITY HALL.
YOU CAN WATCH IT LIVE HERE ON 13WMAZ.
MURPHEY SAID THE MAYOR WILL ALSO ANNOUNCE A NEW PLAN FOR GROWTH... EDUCATION... PUBLIC SAFETY AND TRANSPORTATION.
BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND SPOKE WITH LAUREN DISPIRITO ABOUT THE RECENT WAVE OF TEEN VIOLENCE..
HE SAID HE AGREES WITH MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT THAT CHURCHES AND FAMILIES NEED TO TAKE THE LEAD.
BUT HE SAYS SCHOOLS ALSO HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY.
Romain Dallemand, Superintendent: "When those things happen in the community, they do trickle down into the schools, and as a result we have to strengthen the current discipline policy that we have we need to make sure that school is a place that is safe, a place where students can come and learn, and a place where when students come, as a parent myself, I don't have to worry about their safety."
THE WAVE OF TEEN GUN VIOLENCE RAISES THE QUESTION... WHERE ARE THEY GETTING THE GUNS?
IN JUST A FEW MINUTES...WE'LL ASK U-S ATTORNEY MICHAEL MOORE TO SHARE HIS THOUGHTS ON WHERE THE WEAPONS ARE COMING FROM... WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT.
CENTRAL GEORGIA COMMUNITY LEADERS GATHERED IN WARNER ROBINS TODAY... TO TALK ABOUT THE CHALLENGES ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE FACES.
LORRA LYNCH JONES WAS THERE... AND JOINS US LIVE FROM THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION WITH MORE.
lorra adlibs about the robins region progress report
Somewhere along the line we lost our way. I'm not sure why that is and it really doesn't matter. But I will tell you as you look at the fifteen thousand plus men and women that come to work here everyday, those that were there still know how to make that happen. And we have committed ourselves to reengergizing that same enthusiasm and excitement you could feel here in 2004 and 2005. And you can see it in the way we're doing business today.
THANK YOU LORRA... WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THIS STORY TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
QUALIFYING FOR NOVEMBER ELECTIONS BEGAN TODAY IN DOZENS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA CITIES.
IN WARNER ROBINS VOTERS WILL DECIDE WHO FILLS THREE CITY COUNCIL SEATS... IN POSTS TWO... FOUR AND SIX.
CITY ELECTION SUPERVISOR VITA RAWLS SAYS SIX PEOPLE HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THOSE RACES SO FAR.
MIKE BRASHEAR AND GENE HARRINGTON FOR POST FOUR...
JOHN WILLIAMS FOR POST SIX.
AND ALEXANDRA TALLEY... STEVE RIGBY AND CAROLYN ROBBINS ALL QUALIFIED FOR POST TWO AT LARGE.
QUALIFYING IS ALSO GOING ON FOR MAYOR'S RACES IN FORSYTH, DUBLIN, EAST DUBLIN, BYRON AND JEFFERSONVILLE.... AND MANY OTHERS.
MACON'S ELECTION IS LARGELY SET AFTER THE JULY DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY AND AUGUST RUNOFF.
THERE ARE NO RACES ON BIBB COUNTY'S NOVEMBER BALLOT... BUT VOTERS ARE EXPECTED TO DECIDE A SPLOST QUESTION.
ROMAIN DALLEMAND DISCUSSED THE CRISIS FACING EDUCATION AND SHARED HIS IDEAS FOR CHANGE WITH DOZENS GATHERED AT THE MACON ROTARY CLUB'S WEEKLY MEETING TODAY.
Romain Dallemand, Superintendent: "And my dream is that we can have a system where we can reach every single one of our students and prepare them to be successful in a twenty-first century multi-ethnic global economy."
HE SAYS LAST SCHOOL YEAR.. THE DISTRICT EXPELLED NEARLY FIVE HUNDRED (493) STUDENTS...
SUSPENDED NEARLY EIGHT THOUSAND (7,914)
AND MORE THAN SEVEN HUNDRED (703) DROPPED OUT.
DALLEMAND CALCULATED THE DISTRICT'S GRADUATION RATE AT JUST OVER 44 PERCENT.
HALF A DOZEN TEENAGERS HAVE BEEN INJURED IN SHOOTINGS IN MACON... SINCE LAST MONDAY.
U-S ATTORNEY FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA MICHAEL MOORE IS JOINING US NOW TO TALK ABOUT CHILDREN AND VIOLENCE.
Michael J. Moore was sworn in as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia on October 6, 2010, after his appointment by President Barack Obama.
A native Georgian, Mr. Moore received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercer University's Cecil B. Day College of Arts and Sciences in Atlanta. He received his law degree from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law. He was selected as a national member of the Order of Barristers and received the Milton Clark Barwick Pleading and Practice Award for trial advocacy.
Mr. Moore served as an assistant district attorney for the Houston Judicial Circuit, ultimately as acting chief assistant district attorney. He then entered private practice and eventually formed his own firm, specializing in trial practice. He has also served as an administrative law judge for the City of Warner Robins, Georgia and is a member of the William Augustus Bootle American Inn of Court.
Mr. Moore is a former member of the Georgia Senate, having served on the Judiciary Committee, the Appropriations Committee, the Transportation Committee and the Defense, Science and Technology Committee.
Mr. Moore currently serves on the Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee.
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